Dramatic Scenery,Dramatic Breakdowns


Day 11. Left Gateway, Co this morning driving back along the canyon that we entered yesterday. Dramatic scenery, waterfalls and sheer cliffs. Tight time today we all thought until we discovered all the GPSs were reading wrong and the distance shown was much greater than actual distance we had to travel.  Seems the cliffs screwed with the settings. So, while we hurried along as usual, we really didn’t have any problem with our time in. However, this was not to be for others.

The Model A had trouble with the altitude. We did hit Summit, UT at 7477 ft, and “wintery mix”. Again! Don’t know the whole story, but they missed their time in.Then we learned, while we waited for other cars to get in, that the 32 Ford broke the rear axle which now must be replaced. The first problem will be where to find one on Easter Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah! The 2004 Jetta Turbo Natural Gas/gasoline overheated and Lee had to bang on the thermostat to get it to open. That’s not all. In order for the trailer to be available for the 32 Ford, the 29 Hudson had to return to Gateway to make their trailer free for the Ford. Once the Ford is off-loaded, the trailer must return to Gateway, 278 miles one way to pick  up the Hudson and have it here for the start tomorrow. Chris who drives that car will lead us to the breakfast stop at Thanksgiving Point tomorrow at 6:00 am. Oh, and finally at the BBQ, Roy broke a tooth! All in all  an eventful day for several drivers.

Met more VW folks at the end stop at yet another car museum today. We sure appreciate all the support and help they have given us along the way. More new VW friends, Pat and Karen

Doing laundry now. Hoping to find something open for some kind of dinner. Not many options. Won’t be your mother’s Easter Sunday dinner!

More good feedback on the book. Read Jackie Salitan’s comment after the last blog. “First time I have devoured a book in one day since the Da Vinci Code.” I like the comparison! Rock on.

Tomorrow we have a 6:00 am start and 541 miles to cover to Reno. Lots of activities there. This will be our last day of rallying on the US leg. Seems strange that it is almost over.

See you in Reno,


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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4 Responses to Dramatic Scenery,Dramatic Breakdowns

  1. Bev says:

    Nice article in the Flint Journal today.

    Enjoying reading about this trip.
    Bev Grossklaus Tippett

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Bev, glad you recognized me. I wish they had printed my maiden name. I don’t know how many will know this is Janet McCoy. Jill came to NC for our send off party. I think that is the first visit here is 7 years. So good to have both Jill and Del. Keep in touch.

      • Bev says:

        Jill had given me your site address…fun to follow along. I wish they’d given your maiden name also…strange that they didn’t.

  2. TBC says:

    Knock on wood, so glad to hear Stewball is behaving himself. As to the GPS, one of the things we know is to always get the Google or Mapquest directions, since GPS is really unreliable in many of these southwestern and western locations.

    Hooray for the VW folks who have been there for you along the way, but sorry to hear that some of your friends have had greater-than-normal challenges.

    Meanwhile, still monitoring the change in flowers!


    TBC and Arnie

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